Fresh Orange Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting


The winner of yesterday’s Yoplait “Simply Your Life” prize pack is Jennifer Z who said: I am so glad that I found your blog! I love all of your recipes. Thank you so much for blogging and hurray for having a party! Congrats Jennifer!

Now what would a party be without a cupcake?  So my blogoversary week long celebration continues today with a cupcake recipe.  I absolutely love the recipe I have on my site for the lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream.  So with my love for citrus lately when I saw a recipe over at Canela and Comino for fresh orange cupcakes I had to try it.  I decided to top them of with my version of an orange buttercream frosting.  I was hoping for the crumb in the cake to be similar to the lemon cupcakes.  However, this cupcakes was a little more like a muffin consistency.  So I thought they were good, but not knock your socks off.  I think the lemon cake has spoiled me now.  I think I am going to try to take elements from the lemon cupcakes and elements from the orange cupcake and try to make a moister version.  However, this cake was still great, I was just hoping for a moister cake than this gave.  The orange buttercream frosting, however, turned out perfect.

Now for today’s giveaway.  When I make cupcakes I decorate them using The Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit from Bake It Pretty. I love it and love their site.  And for my blogoversary celebration Bake It Pretty will give one of you a $25 gift card to purchase whatever you would like from their site.  I do though highly recommend The Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit, but they have a lot of wonderful things to make whatever you bake “pretty” including cute liners.

So to enter today’s giveaway please visit the Bake It Pretty site and then come back here and leave a comment telling me what you would get from Bake It Pretty if you were the winner.  You have until 10 pm (MST)  tonight to enter.  I will announce the winner in tomorrows post and notify the winner by email.

Fresh Orange Cupcakes

  • 1 package of yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sugar, and orange zest. Whisk to combine. Add orange juice, canola oil, vanilla extract and eggs. Blend with the mixer on low speed for one minute, then speed it up to medium and beat for 2 more minutes.

2. Fill cupcake papers about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 350F until golden in color and a toothpick test comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.

3. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Orange Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, very soft
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of sugar, then 1/4 cup of the juice and the zest. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (I added 6 cups total). Add more orange juice as needed.   Use and store at room temperature. (Don’t refrigerate and it will last in a covered container for about three days.)
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123 comments on “Fresh Orange Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

  • I would buy the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit and some lovely cupcake liners!

  • I would buy the Best Ever Decorating Kit and some pretty cupcake liners!

  • I would buy the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating kit and some cupcake liners.

  • I would buy the Best Ever Cupcake decorating kit and some lovely cupcake liners.

  • I just started making different receipe with my daughter so we have been looking into making a yummy cupcake this sounds like a good tasting cupcake we dont have much but we work with what we have If I were to win I would get the decorating kit for my daughter she is obssesed with baking

  • Because I have a Cupcake Business, I would look forward to ordering the Sprinkles and Edible decorations and Novelty Toppers.

  • If I won the giveaway I would get the rainbow coloring kit. It looks awesome!

  • I make a citrus cake that sounds similar. I use a yellow cake mix and add a can of mandarin oranges. I replace the oil that is called for with the orange juice from can. It is wonderfully moist and may work really well with the frosting. I use a whipped cream/pudding frosting with pineapple on my cake, but I bet the orange butter cream would be sooo yummy!

  • This cupcakes were delicious! You cannot eat just one. Loved them.

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  • how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

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  • Putting your freshly baked cupecakes into some nice wrappers certainly finishes them off. However to make them extra special there is nothing like making your very own cupcake wrappers. These can be personalised to the individual and the event, plus they are so easy to make. I share my free templates over at http://bestcupcakewrappers.com.

  • Not only would I get the Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit but also the Deluxe Santa Sleigh Topper, the Ginger Flavor Extract, the Courageous Cow Cupcake Toppers, the Horsey Cupcake Toppers, the Tinsel Pink in Blue and Gold, and the Snowflake Mobile…Maybe even more things!

  • I made these cupcakes for a fundraiser and they were a hit! Thanks.

  • I also had a similar problem- my frosting was wasy too creamy. I added SO MUCH more powdered sugar, and when I started frosting the cakes the icing was thick and dense. But as I started icing more and more, the icing started to melt. The leftover icing in the bowl is literally melting infront of my eyes. What did I do wrong??

  • I would purchase the Best Cupcake Decorating Kit. I also love her giant sprinkles for decorating. I love this website!

  • I made these cupcakes for a springtime-themed baby shower this weekend. They were completely delicious and got rave reviews. They were light and bright and so much better for a spring theme than, say, chocolate. The frosting will go with any color scheme, because it has the orange zest rather than food coloring. I put pink bows on toothpicks in them for decoration. This recipe is a real keeper!

  • I just want to say thank you for the icing recipe.It taste really good.Although i think i did something wrong,as simple as it looks to foollow.It turned out really creamy,i dont know how to make it thicker.To look like your photo atleast.Im trying to get that consistency.I used confectioners sugar,(I dont know if thats what you ment by,powdered sugar. :) ) Im trying to learn all these things that have to do with baking and i really dont want to give up.Especially with cakes and cookies and cupcakes…….But thanks for sharing.

    • If u want the icing a little thicker just add some more confectioners sugar. It is the same thing as powdered sugar. I have a page with cupcakes that i sell. That is what i do with mine is add more powdered sugar. If you would be interested in seeing my page it is Monicka’s Mini Creations on facebook. Have a great day.

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  • We just couldnt leave your web page before saying that I seriously enjoyed the quality information you present to your visitors? Will be back soon to check up on new posts

  • I think I would buy fun cupcake toppers. I love to make festive cupcakes :)

  • Oh my! I wish I’d seen all this before my daughter’s birthday…last week! I could buy anything and everything but I think I really fell in love with the Midnight Stars Cupcake Wrappers and lots of sprinkles. My parents used to make over 200 dozen cookies every Christmas and the whole family would decorate cookies together. My children love to do the same thing (although we don’t make quite so many cookies!) We would have sprinkles of every type we could find but there would never enough. I would love to finally have enough sprinkles and the Midnight Stars Cupcake Wrappers are lovely and sometimes it’s nice to just have something lovely around.

  • Happy blogoversary!! And congrats on the article about you in the Daily Herald! I’ve been coming to your blog for quite some time and was happy to see you and your fun blog featured.

  • I would order it all. I love that site! Ok probably not all of it, but something cool. I love the sprinkles!

  • The cupcake wrappers, jumbo sprinkles and icing kits……decisions decisions! Love them all!

  • Baking cups, cookie cutters, and the frosting kit for starters.

  • Now this would be a really tough choice. But I think I would have to take your advice and go with the cupcake icing kit….

  • I love your blog!!! I love to cook and bake and check your blog daily for ideas. Let’s see, there are so many cute things. My #1 pick would be the silicone tea cupcakes, but they are sold out. So…the icing kit and the hot polka dot baking cups are next in line.

  • I’d have to get an assortment of those pretty cupcake liners–I always use plain white ones that are so boring!

  • I would absolutely get the cupcake icing kit! I love those tips! I’ll probably get it even if I don’t win! =) BTW, happy blogoversary!

  • Oh, how to choose! I’d love to have some of the red and white twine for tying up cute packages, some of the Japanese masking tape and the cupcake icing kit!

  • I would order the jumbo sprinkles!! thanks for the giveaway!

  • I would get the cupcake decorating kit. I also made the recipe tonight except I made a cake instead of the cupcakes and I halfed the frosting recipe and it was perfect for the cake. It was yummy and the cake was really moist. Love your blog.

  • Those polka dotted cupcake wrappers are too cute! i love cupcakes!

  • The square cupcake holder would be super cute to display cupcakes this summer.

  • Oh my! Where do I start? I love the plaid and polka dot cupcake wrappers, the star shaped pan and lots more! I love that site!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Very cute stuff! I need some large decorating tips so I’d choose the kit.

  • Bake It Pretty has so many awesome things that it’s hard to decide. So, maybe one of everything? I wish! I really love the cupcake kits. I just hosted 2 birthday parties for both of my kids, and had I known about these kits, I would have gotten one for each of their parties.

  • I do love the cupcake kit and since my three year old bit my large star tip closed, I am definitely in need. I’d also get the mustache lollipop mold. (four sons, need I say more) Thanks for sharing the fun!!

  • What a neat site! I bookmarked it. There were so many great items it’s hard to choose, but I think I would go with your recomendation of the best ever icing kit so my cupcakes can be picture perfect like yours. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes!

  • Perfect treat for spring!

  • I WOULD BUY THE COOKIE CUTTERS AND CANDY MELTS AND SPRINKLES CAUSE ME AND MY GRANDKIDS LOVE TO BAKE AND DECORATE COOKIES. HUGS SALLY

  • I would love to get one of everything but I too like the icing kit.

  • I’ll take one of everything! But, if I have to narrow it down, I would choose one of the giant tips. They look great for cupcake decorating.

  • I love the polka dot cupcake liners. I also really liked the star baking molds. I think that’s what I would get!

  • The icing kit would definitely top my list. I love the site!

  • You convinced me with the icing kit. I love to make food pretty. I would also use those cute baking liners. Hello Tilt o whirl. Cute. Happy Blogoversary!

  • Wow so many cute things!! I think I would get some of those super cute cupcake liners and the icing kit!

  • I would get an Americolor Gel Color Kit or some cute baking cups! They have som many cute things to choose from! Thanks for sharing.

  • I would buy some of those giant sprinkles. And some of the cute baking cups, and the sucker sticks and chocolate melts, etc, etc. So much cute stuff! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • oh the cupcake kit looks cool, i would also prolly get some of the candy flavorings, yum!

  • My boys recently saw the cakewich mold. Super fun1

  • I would have to say the icing kit!! I am a terrible decorator!! :)

  • What a cute, fun site, thanks for sharing. I would get some of those cute, cute cupcake baking cups and some scalloped edge mini loaf pans. What a cute gift those loaf pans would make. Thanks!

  • Oh such cute stuff! I would get the picks and liners etc for my daughter’s upcoming Hawaiian pool party.

  • I would get the icing kit. Frosting is not my forte.

  • I would get a pastry bag (I already have some tips),some cupcake liners, cello bags, and some sprinkles.

  • That website is so fun! Thanks for sharing. I would get some sprinkles, some baking cups, or the frosting kit. Everything is so cute though, so the choice is difficult!

  • I think the cupcake kit is adorbale, though it was hard to choose…what a wonderful site!

  • Wow, it would be hard to decide! I love the I Love Chocolate twist ties, really need a Fleur de lis Cookie Cutter for my son’s eagle scout court of honor coming up and there are so many fun boxes to choose from…..

  • I think I would get the cup cake kits. Being from a small town finding things like that is hard to do!

  • My 6-year-old granddaughter LOVES to make cupcakes, so I would let her select the cupcake cups she likes from the selection at Bake It Pretty.

  • As a person who has never been much of a baker, I realized I’m missing all the tools to really make things like you. I would have to start with the best ever cupcake decorating kit…as I have NO decorating tools…but I’ll probably have to get a pan too…the heart shaped ones are cute…

  • I so love cupcakes! They are just the right size, so compact and cute! I would love to try the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating kit. Cute cupcakes are to die for!

  • Love this site! I would get the cupcake decorating kit, heart shaped molds, and foil cupcake liners.

  • Wow, those look so good! Pretty, too ~

  • Any of the cupcake kits would be awesome to have. They are so adorable. I had never heard of Bake It Pretty, even if I don’t win, I definitely will have to buy something ;-)

  • I would get a pastry bag and some tips, because I have none. I would love to practice decorating with my girls.

  • I am in love with Bake it Pretty. I was so sad to see the Mushroom candy molds sold. I would have bought them in a heartbeat! I would like the Best ever cupcake decorating kit but I am in love with embellishments. so the edible decorations and Edible glitter are what appeal to me the most :)

  • I would love the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit! And I’ve always wanted to try edible glitter!

  • I would have to wait for the cupcake tower to be in stock and order that. It’s adorable!

  • These cupcakes are beautiful! I love the addition of the orange.
    I absolutely love the Bake it Pretty site and have so many things on my wish list. Most of which include the beautiful cupcake wrappers, but I have also been eyeing the Cupcake Decorating Kit.
    Congrats on your blogoversary!!
    Great giveaway and I have my fingers crossed.

  • Well, I would love the icing kit.. I so need help with my icing.. I’ve already been using some of the liners and love them so much I need more.. but I would love to be able to buy just about everything on her site..

  • I love the Bake It Pretty Site! I live in a realy realy REALLY small town and none of the 3 stores here carry any baking items like that!! I would so love to get the cupcake kit and some of the oil flavors! There are so many there to choose from!!! And of course, the very fist cupcakes I would frost would be these orange cupcakes with the orange butter cream frosting!! They sound SOOOOO GOOD!! I can’t wait to try them!

  • If I were the winner of today’s giveaway, I would definitely order The Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit. I’ve already made many of your cupcakes and have loved them…now I would like for them to look like yours! Thanks for your great website.

  • I would definitely have to get the Cakewich silicon baking mold. What a cute idea. My nephew will be turning six and that would make the perfect birthday cake

  • I love the cupcake decorating kit and also some cupcake wrappers. Thanks for sharing your recipes! I’ve had fun experimenting with things I’ve never tried before!

  • Happy celebrating, I love this site. With a gift certificate to Bake it Pretty I would get baking cups and boxes, I love the pretty packaging and presentation on cupcakes. Thank-you!

  • I’m all about presentation, so I would have to say I would love the Bakery Boxes,Bags& Baskets. I didn’t realize the endless possibilities for CupCakes,where have I been!!!!! But then again, I got to start somewhere, so maybe I should start with the Best-Ever CupCake Icing Kit! What a fun web-site!

  • I would get the Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit. Thanks :)

  • I would definetly get the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating kit! These look so yummy can’t wait to make them.

  • They have so many cute baking supplies. But I do think the best ever cupcake decorating kit would definitely be the most used.

  • I would get the best ever cupcake decorating kit. I just made “Fresh California Orange Cake” with orange buttercream icing this week. I got the recipe from Your Home Based Mom. Very yummy. You’ll have to look at it.

  • that icing kit is definitely amazing but Im loving the rose shapped flexible molds (http://www.bakeitpretty.com/item_999/Small-Rose-Flex-Mold.htm). It would be awesome to make some redvelvet roses and fill them with cream right?

    I maintain a blog all about cupcakes and am going to link to this post, these cakes look delish!

    best
    Nadia

  • I would totally get the Best-Ever Cupcake Icing Kit. I broke my cake decorater and when I made your Pineapple Cupcakes(which BTW, were a big hit!), I was sad that I didn’t have a cute way to top my cupcakes. But I love to make treats for other people and so I always share. Co I would get the cupcake boxes that come in 4 different colors so I could deliver them in a cute package!

  • Everything looked amazing! I would probably get the bridal shower cupcake kit, because I am hosting two showers next month. Although, the decorating kit may sway me too.

  • Those cupcakes look amazing!

  • So many things I love! Can’t believe all the adorable cupcake liners they have! I also love the Mini-Loaf Pans and the Icing Kit you mentioned.

  • There is SO much to choose from on there! I’d probably get some tips, and then the mini sqaure baking pans- I’m a sucker for baking pans! What an awesome website!

  • Oh my ,if I was lucky enough to win I would have to have the pastry bags and decorating tips! I made your brownie recipe yesterday ,YUM!! I made half of the recipe in 9×13 pan turned out perfect .In my husband own words “This is a keeper!” Thank you again for sharing wonderful recipes.

  • I’d get the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit. So fun! That is a great site!! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love all your recipes. This one, Orange Cupcakes sounds so good. I love anything that is citrus flavored.
    I would either have to get the Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit because every time I make cupcakes the don’t look very pretty or the electric gel color assortment set to color my cakes just right.
    Along with both of these, I would have to get the pastel baking cups.

  • I would get one of the display towers – so cute!

  • I love your blog and all the recipes! I would definately get the best ever cupcake decorating kit. My kids love cupcakes, so we are ALWAYS making them.

  • The Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit. Or the Cupcakes 101 – Honors Club.

  • I would love the professional pastry bag and tips. I didn’t see any of the silicone muffin tins like you have, but I really want some.

  • Those cupcakes look delicious! I just so happen to have a big bag of oranges that needs to be used for something.

    I’ve had my eye on the zombie hand cupcake toppers at Bake It Pretty for some time now. I’m really sad to see they’re sold out. I do like the deer family cupcake toppers and the assorted graveyard picks.

  • I would for sure buy the egg and pancake heart mold. I would the pirate cupcake kit. Very cute site.

  • I would definitely get the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit. It would give my cupcakes a fast, but beautiful finish. The Blue Sherbet Birthday Candles would be so cute for my son’s upcoming birthday too!

  • I would get the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit and some foil liners. I can’t even tell you how much I need both of them.

  • I’ve never posted before but I love your site and check it daily. I checked out that site and I think I would buy the cupcake dental floss and cupcake bandaids-they were so cute!
    Thanks for all your great recipes!

  • I really like the Hot Polka Dot Baking Cups! So cute! Your cupcakes look yummy…

  • I would choose the heart egg and pancake shaper for sure, maybe even two!

  • Omg, I had not seen that site before! I want one of everything! Mini cupcake liners in fun prints! And edible flowers! LOVE IT! Thanks for the link!

  • What a fun website! I had to look at everything and now I want everything. But if I had to shoose just one thing, I would get the Americolor gel kit # 2.

  • I would need to get the icing kit to start me off on the right foot!

  • The Icing kit for sure and then I would have to add in some of the edible glitter. Any cupcake would look even better with glitter.

  • I would definitely get the pastry bag with decorating tips. Those cupcake liners are adorable too. I probably would spend more than the 25.00!

  • I’ve been looking for a good decorating kit so I too would take your advice, but then I’d also get the gel food coloring kit because homebased mom recommends using gel coloring in frostings.

  • I would take your recommendation and get the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit!

  • Definitely the Best Ever Cupcake Decorating Kit and the heart shaped egg and pancake shaper! Now that I’ve been to that site, I want everything they have!

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